Cuba Mireya Luis reaches out with messages of hope
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 7, 2020 - A three-time Olympic gold
medallist with Cuba, Mireya Luis has reached out through social
media to send the world a message of hope and strength in these
"This is the time to take care of ourselves to save ourselves
from this harassing and brutal reality that is the coronavirus
pandemic. Moment of love, faith and hope," posted the
53-year-old who picked up top Olympic honours in Barcelona 1992,
Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, in addition to a myriad of other
distinctions in the course of two decades.
"We have the strength to overcome this surprising challenge
together, and even more so to continue working for a better
world," she added.
Speaking to the On Cuba news portal, Mireya Luis, an FIVB
Executive Vice-President since 2018, called on everyone to
"The FIVB and NORCECA call for people to stay home. We will have
time to play again. The plan is to reschedule activities and
events as conditions are reestablished."
Earlier, Luis had sent a special greeting to Olympians who are
medical staff and carers: "Doctors, nurses, technicians,
laboratory workers... My applause is not at nine, it is eternal
and sustained applause. Thank you for giving yourself for us."
Mireya Luis was named by ESPN last week amongst the Top Ten
sportswomen of all time.
Born before the era of social media, several of the Top Ten did
not have the media exposure of the figures of the present,
mentioned the sports network, adding that these are among the
women who changed the history of sports.
Mireya Luis is listed alongside Serena Williams (Tennis), Yelena
Isinbayeva (Athletics - Pole vault), Steffi Graf (Tennis),
Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Diana Taurasi (Basketball), Nadia
Comaneci (Gymnastics), Wilma Rudolph (Athletics - Sprint), Ronda
Rousey (Judo, Wrestling) and Marta Vieira da Silva (Football).